Creek's Libby Files and Brett Smeltzer have announced
that "West Virginia's Classic Bluegrass Band" is entering
the 2015 season with two additions: banjo player Troy
Stangle and guitarist Kenton Catlett. Files described recent
rehearsal sessions with the new lineup as "unbelievable."
"Troy displays a vast array of versatility and uniqueness in
his banjo skills," according to the band's mandolin player
Brett Smeltzer. "He is a veteran with a musical talent that
is not overpowering, but what audiences will appreciate and
find very pleasing to the ear. It's great to have Troy on
board with Stoney Creek."
The band is also bringing on board guitarist Kenton Catlett.
Catlett had filled in with Stoney Creek throughout 2013 and
Smeltzer and Files agreed that "over the past few years,
Kenton has been a reliable source to help out Stoney Creek
with his vocal and guitar skill on an 'as needed' basis. It
is great to know that we have that same commitment from him
now on a full-time basis."
"I would like to welcome the new members to the band," Files
said. "I am excited about the upcoming lineup and the new
opportunities that it will bring."